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Sunrise Movement Responds to Biden Team’s $3 Trillion Infrastructure Proposal: "Even Manchin Called for $4 Trillion"

WASHINGTON - In response to news today that Biden’s economic team will likely recommend a $3 trillion infrastructure package, Ellen Sciales, Press Secretary of the Sunrise Movement, released the following statement:

“The Biden team’s infrastructure proposal signals what the climate justice movement has been saying for decades: to stop climate change, we need to scale up public investments to create millions of good jobs, build up our renewable infrastructure, and take care of our communities. But while this recommendation would be a huge step forward, the crises we face demand at least $1 trillion per year over the next decade. $3 trillion is simply not enough to create jobs in the national interest, combat the climate crisis and support working people. 

“At this point, Biden should realize that if his proposal is milder than what Joe Manchin is calling for, it does not go far enough. Even Manchin called for $4 trillion in infrastructure spending. If $3 trillion is what Biden’s team lands on, they’ll be neglecting what’s politically and publicly popular, and what’s quite frankly vital for the future of our society and our planet.

“Biden must not cower to fears of losing bipartisanship – Republicans have already made clear they’re not interested in working with Democrats – and must deliver an infrastructure package that meets the scale of this moment. If Republicans or archaic Senate rules get in the way, Democrats must abolish the filibuster and deliver for the American people.”

This comes in the same month as the Sunrise Movement announced their Good Jobs for All campaign, which calls for a $10 trillion investment in a green recovery while creating thousands of good, union jobs and combating climate change in the process.

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Sunrise Movement is a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.

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